Wednesday, February 17, 2016

St. Lucia Instagram Recap + Hotel Review

I know you guys are probably tired of St. Lucia pictures, so I promise that this is one of my last posts! At the bottom of this post, I've included a review of St. Lucia and the resort (Anse Chastanet). All of these instagrams (plus a few iPhone snaps!) were from the trip and either show the resort, our room, or the resort's beach. Enjoy!

Tularosa floral dress // blue YSL handbag, similar and less expensive version here
lace-up sandals (and they are comfortable!!) // Baublebar blue tassel earrings
our breakfast the first morning... a stack of blueberry pancakes, fresh-squeezed orange juice & coffee
Tory Burch sandals // Chanel wallet, similar here (in the pink color) // white tassel earrings
similar beach bag // Celine sunglasses // straw hat

Becca swimsuit (not online), similar here and here // straw hat (only $38!) // white tassel earrings

gladiator sandals (less than $100!) // white circle tee // straw hat (only $38!)
lace-up top // Topshop shorts (old) // Baublebar tassel earrings
the view of the lower "Treehouse" - one of the dinner restaurants!
white off shoulder dress, also comes in coral // pom pom clutch (sold out), similar here and here
lace-up sandals (and they are comfortable!!) // David Yurman turquoise ring // circle ring  

 off-shoulder top // Topshop jean shorts (old)
 Tory Burch travel case // Karen Walker sunglasses

 Trina Turk one piece swimsuit (size up, I'm wearing a 4) // Kendra Scott gold necklace

the view from our room, the Piton Pool Suite

During the trip to St. Lucia, we stayed at Anse Chastanet Resort (you may have heard of their sister resort Jade Mountain!). After reading thousands of reviews, we decided on Anse Chastanet because it was reasonably priced compared to a lot of the other St. Lucia resorts, and the views were absolutely stunning. (Do some research beforehand - some resorts don't have the best view of the Pitons.) I'll break up this review into categories... if you have additional questions, please leave them in the comments!

Room: We stayed in the Piton Pool Suite and loved it. This is the only room in the entire resort with a pool (in fact, there is not even a public pool, just beaches) and it was the perfect size. The room also had an amazing view of the Pitons (the mountains in St. Lucia) as you can see from the above photo! Many of the rooms have the fourth wall missing... our bedroom was closed in with four walls and a screen door, but our balcony/living room didn't have a wall, which I loved. There was mosquito netting around the bed, and the staff came in and lit a mosquito coil every night before bed so that we didn't have to worry about bugs. I was a little worried about the lack of air conditioning, but honestly I did not even miss it! There were two fans in the room and I was comfortable the entire time. It was actually so comforting falling asleep to the sounds of crickets and the ocean waves, and waking up to the sun rising behind the mountains!

Food: Hands down some of the best meals I've ever eaten in my entire life! We went with breakfast and dinner plan (called MAP on their website), so all of the breakfasts and dinners were included during the trip, and lunch was a la carte. This was definitely the way to do it - it ended up being a lot cheaper, since the food can be kind of expensive. For breakfast we dined in the Treehouse (literally - it looks like a treehouse!) and I ordered pancakes or waffles every single morning - they were amazing. In addition to ordering a meal off the menu, there were two buffet tables with fruit, pastries, bagels, etc that you could eat from too. Be careful though - there are a lot of birds that will try to steal your breakfast! There were water guns at every table so that you could squirt the birds if they got too close. I also loved the Treehouse for dinner. At night it's very romantic (especially the lower Treehouse) because candles are lit everywhere. A three course dinner is included in the MAP plan - all of the dinners I had were amazing, including Mahi Mahi, grilled chicken, pasta, soup, and salads. Everything is made fresh from a nearby farm, and when it comes to your table it looks like a work of art! For lunch, the Jungle Grill (located on the private beach Anse Mamin) made the BEST BURGER I HAD EVER EATEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. It was called the Caribbean burger I believe - it almost melted in my mouth - I don't think I can even put into words how good it was! When I got back home, I was seriously heartbroken that I couldn't have the food anymore - it was one of the highlights of the trip. Also, be sure to order the Piton beer! I loved it :P

Beaches: Anse Chasanet Resort has two beaches, the main one and a more private one that is a 15 minute walk away. The beaches are absolutely breathtaking - I was so surprised that the sand was a different color than what I am used to (it's black!). There are straw huts along each beach, and a towel man shows you to a hut and then puts out towels for you. If you want service (like, a fruity drink or some french fries!) all you have to do is stick your yellow flag in the sand, and someone will come to your hut to take your order. I liked the second, more private beach Anse Mamin slightly better - there are some huge rock formations at the end of the beach that are absolutely beautiful. You can also snorkel, paddleboard and kayak right off each beach - all the equipment is right there and free to use. 

Activities: There is SO much I wanted to do at Anse Chastanet, that I couldn't fit it all in during the few days I was there. There's a yoga class every morning, boat rides, sunset cruises, jazz cruises, snorkeling, kayaking, jungle biking, bird watching, windsurfing... you name it, they probably have it. I never felt bored for a second... although, I will say that my favorite thing to do on vacation is just sit in a chair and read a book (which is what I did a lot of the time!). 

Transportation: We booked a helicopter from the St. Lucia airport to Anse Chastanet on the way there, and on the way back we took a shuttle. We were so happy we did it that way! The helicopter ride is very quick - 15 minutes tops - and was such an exhilarating and amazing experience. It was the perfect introduction to St. Lucia and it also got us to the resort quickly so that we could immediately check-in and change into bathing suits. Taking the shuttle on the way back was nice because we got to see more of St. Lucia and had time to prepare for the flight home. Although, I will warn you - it was a very bumpy ride, with winding hairpin turns at times. It also is an hour long drive, so it took a lot longer than the helicopter, but it isn't as expensive. 

Downsides: The only few downsides I could think of were that there was no TV (which was also a positive, but I did miss it at night!) and that walking around the resort could be pretty strenuous at times. There are 130 steps down to the beach... which is fine on the way down, but can be very difficult on the way back up! Even the walk from breakfast to our room included walking uphill and going up a lot of steps. I feel like I am in pretty good shape, but I can see how an older person might have trouble getting up and down the stairs to the beach. (There was also a shuttle to the beach if you didn't want to take the stairs - we never took it, though!) 

In conclusion, I would HIGHLY recommend Anse Chastanet. It's the perfect destination for a honeymoon, anniversary, romantic trip or even if you wanted to take a girls trip with friends! I honestly can't say enough good things about it, and I have been in a funk ever since arriving in Charlotte - I miss it so much!

Let me know if you have questions! xoxo

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61 comments:

  1. I can't get enough from your pictures of St. Lucia as they are so beautiful and you have worn simply fantastic looks!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  2. Looks like the perfectly relaxing trip! Wonderful pictures and glad you had a great time!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

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  3. All of your swimsuits and beach time outfits are simply amazing, one better than the other one! Loved this Instagram roundup.

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  4. So many beautiful outfits! Thank you for the info!:P

    Shall We Sasa

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  5. Looks like such a fun and relaxing trip! The pom pom clutch is so cute!

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  6. Omg it looked so amazing there!! There's for sharing your input regarding your travels there. This will come in handy!

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  7. How amazing!! Ahh I wanna goo!!!

    Her Heartland Soul
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  8. I love all of these outfits! My favorite is the coral cut-out dress though! Looks like you had an amazing time. :)

    xoxo,
    Holly @ www.palmettocouture.com

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  9. It looks like the most magical holiday destination. All your outfits and swimsuits were so perfect too!

    Love from South Africa

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  10. Loved reading your review! We're considering St. Lucia for our honeymoon so this was super helpful!

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  11. As I look out at the snow this morning...this looks incredible! QUESTION: Your cream colored luggage: How beaten up has it gotten after checking it? I find that once my bags are checked they are completely trashed and dirty and would hate to spend the money on a nice set if this happens. Please advise. Thanks!

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    1. My luggage was perfect for the first three flights... after the first one it got a few black smudges on it from being thrown around! It still looks nice but there are some marks, I think they would be easy to clean though (since the exterior is a hard shell) with some soap and water!

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  12. Your trip looks so fun!! I really want to order the tassel beach bag and tassel earrings!

    Brooke du jour
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  13. omg Cait this place looks amazeeeeeeee ... trying to plan a place to go for my grad school graduation trip. did you go with your boyfriend/is it really couple-y? haha I don't want to take my fam to a place only like couples are but my parents would LOVE a relaxing and quiet place like this

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  14. Perfect beach outfits! Quick question about the light blue Gypsy strapless top. It looks like the perfect cropped length on you, but on Revolve, it looks like it is much shorter?? Thanks!

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    1. I think it's because I'm short! haha! I'm 5'3 so maybe it comes down a lot longer on me than it would a tall model! :)

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  15. Sooo what I've learned is I need to make it to St Lucia haha. Such gorgeous photos!

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  16. Will have to check out that resort! Love all of these pictures.


    How Gorgeous

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  17. All of your outfits are so cute! This looks like such a nice vacation! Thanks for sharing.

    The Auburn Life

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  18. The resort looks absolutely gorgeous and I'm loving all of these looks!

    xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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  19. Your stay looks amazing! And the view out of the window!

    Love,
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  20. Caitlin, thanks for sharing this! St. Lucia is so beautiful and it's a dream of mine to go. Were you scared going in the helicopter?

    XO, Sarah http://www.thebellainsider.com/

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    1. YES I was very scared, especially during liftoff! But once we were up in the air it wasn't so bad... it does feel like you could fall any second though haha! But it is so exhilarating and once we finished I wanted to do it again!

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  21. Your view from your room was insanely beautiful!! Love all the photos & I officially have a case of wanderlust to visit St. Lucia now!
    Kelsey
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  22. Amazing!! Love all the color and the fun pops!! that pom pom bag is great! xo

    @stylemelauren
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  23. Who did you travel with? So gorgeous there!

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  24. There is no such thing as too many posts about St. Lucia! It is my absolute favorite island and I have been living vicariously through your photos. :)
    Kari
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  25. Wow, looks gorgeous! I can't get over your view of the mountains. I've got some serious wanderlust kicking in...

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  26. I am happy you had fun. Love the white dress with the very long blue earring.
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  27. I just bought that Trina Turk print bathing suit in a two piece for Cancun in April! Thanks for sharing!! You have the cutest style!

    xx
    Ash

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  28. wow this looks like an amazing vacation!
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  29. Loved all you pictures!!! We are looking to plan a vacation and we're looking at St. Lucia. Only downside is trying to get there! Lol we live in Greenville, SC. What airlines did you use and did you go through a travel agency? Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  30. Loved all you pictures!!! We are looking to plan a vacation and we're looking at St. Lucia. Only downside is trying to get there! Lol we live in Greenville, SC. What airlines did you use and did you go through a travel agency? Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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    1. I flew Delta (from Charlotte to Atlanta, and then Atlanta to St. Lucia) and they made it a really pleasant experience - the seats were roomier and had TVs on the back of every seat so you could watch free movies and play games! I think it may be easiest for you guys to drive to Atlanta and fly out of there (since Greenville is so close to ATL!). I planned the entire trip myself, not through a travel agency, but I really like to plan trips and it's fun for me. It wouldn't hurt to go through a travel agency though! They would know a lot more than I do! :)

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  31. It looks like an amazing trip and the hotel is stunning! I hope I can do a Caribbean trip soon. Thanks for sharing the details
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  32. Gorgeous pics!

    Ashley
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  33. Aww, it looks like a dream vacation! Totally enjoyed all of your pictures <3

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  34. I absolutely loved all of the outfits from your trip! You have the cutest style!! I can't wait for summer to wear swimsuits and coverups again. :)

    Rachel
    Simply Rachel Nicole

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  35. I love the photos! It looked like you had great fun. I've ever been to St Lucia but I've visited French Carribean, Guadeloupe which I loved. And as you said-food can be quite expensive and it was definitely the biggest expense during the trip.
    Ana
    www.champagnegirlsabouttown.co.uk

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    1. Yes - it is crazy how expensive both food and drinks are! I ordered a pina colada one day and it was $14! They add on all these crazy taxes too haha!

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  36. Looks like you had such a beautiful and relaxing trip. Love your coral cut out dress.

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  37. Just bought that pink suit! Your trip looked amazing and love that pom pom bag :)

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  38. I loved seeing all of your pictures! St. Lucia looks so gorgeous, totally jealous!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  39. Gorgeous photos! St Lucia looks so beautiful!

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  40. You and Emily are my favorites bloggers! You and her have given me so many outfits! Do you have snap chat as well?

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    1. Hey Kathryn, yes I do! My snapchat name is @cmcoving, although I don't use it a TON. My everyday life is pretty boring!

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  41. What an amazing vacation! I'm loving ALL your bright colors, it makes me want spring to speed up even though I'm in Santa Barbara, CA! You look so happy throughout this whole trip :) what a beauty!

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  42. Love every single outfit!!! They are all goals.

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  43. This place is STUNNING! xo

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  44. I've been dying for a trip to somewhere tropical!!

    XO amber
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  45. Thank you for all of the details! This trip sounds like it was absolutely incredible!

    xx Kathryn
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  46. Great outfits!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
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  47. I love how tropical all of your outfits are! Now I'm craving a vacay!

    Jordan: The Teacup of Style
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  48. Love your photos! It looks like you had a wonderful trip!

    Lauren,
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  49. That blue gypsy top and eyelet short combo is probably my fave look from this, as well as that coral cut out dress! So perfect for summer vacations.

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  50. Nice post! I love your outfits!

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